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Friday, November 8, 2019

Selah's Manga Mania: Hakumei & Mikochi, Vol. 1 by Takuto Kashiki

Hakumei & Mikochi, Vol. 1
by Takuto Kashiki (Author, Artist)
July 24, 2018
192 pages
Genre: manga, young adult, fantasy
Book 1 of 7 in the Minuscule Series
Deep within a lush, green forest live Hakumei and Mikochi. Making their home in trees, using leaves for umbrellas, and riding bugs for transportation is just part of everyday life for these tiny spirit pals!

These days, sometimes we just need a break from drama. It's magic when I find a slow, soothing title I really like, and this series is adorable.

Hakumei and Mikochi are two tiny forest spirits that westerners would probably equate to fairies. They live in the woods and their adventures consist of finding fabric at the market or making yummy food or fixing things. Occasionally there will be a bigger drama like needing their house repaired or mediating between groups of talking animals or competing at a singing competition.

Overall, the pace is leisurely, the drawings are detailed and beautiful, and it harkens back to simple pleasures we tend to forget about.
The good: I love that both leads are ladies and they have different skillsets and tastes. The cast is rounded out with other sprites and talking animals, and the day-to-day approach means there's a ton of possible material, especially centering around how characters relate to each other and work together. The market and town scenes are bustling with loads to look at and the forest scenes are lovely and lush. New inhabitants are added with each volume, so while the pair of friends is the main focus, there is a whole little world being built here. There are some bigger adventures, but they're pretty much solved within a chapter.
Altogether, this is a charming series that makes me feel like I'm reading picture books but for a higher reading level. This is definitely all-ages appropriate (there is some drinking, so keep that in mind for little kids depending on your preferences) and a beautiful series.

The bad: Nothing. If you don't enjoy it, it's probably because you prefer more action-oriented stories, and that's totally fine.

The ick: Nothing.

This would be a great starter series because you pretty much can pick up anywhere and not feel like you're missing anything. It's a great read to curl up with after a long day and feel cozy and secure.

Five forest-dwelling sheep

About the Reviewer
Selah Janel is a writer who is trying to start doing that again instead of reading manga all the time.

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